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Goalie insurance: Pens sign Deslauriers to AHL tryout


Just days after losing Tomas Vokoun indefinitely to blood clotting issues, the Penguins added journeyman goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the mix, signing him to a professional tryout with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Deslauriers, 29, spent last season with the Minnesota Wild organization.

A highly-touted draftee -- Edmonton took him 31st overall in 2002, the fourth goalie taken after Kari Lehtonen, Cam Ward and Hannu Toivonen -- Deslauriers has failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level.

His best season came in 2009-10, when he appeared in a career-high 48 games and, dubiously, led the NHL in losses (with 28).

The deal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a return of sorts -- Deslauriers played for the Penguins in 2006-07 as Edmonton didn’t have an AHL affiliate at the time.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Deslauriers hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-12 season, when he played in four games for Anaheim.